From SunLife Stadium in Miami, FL
April 1, 2012
It’s been purported that each WrestleMania event is generally planned a year in advance, and the booking is written backwards to support what they want to present on the grandest stage. While recent WrestleManias seem a bit more thrown-together at times, owing to an increasingly frenetic Vince McMahon being known to make constant changes, WrestleMania XXVIII was an event where a year-long plot was used, this time as an actual storyline.
One night after WrestleMania XXVII in Atlanta, John Cena called out The Rock. Rather than thrash the previous night’s guest host for costing him his World Title match against The Miz, a calm and happy-go-lucky Cena simply challenged Rock to a match at next year’s big event, giving both men one year to prepare for the clash of the ages.
The idea was unique for a modern time frame in which that $45 ..click here to read more
Beth Phoenix, Booker T, Brock Lesnar, chris jericho, CM Punk, Cody Rhodes, Daniel Bryan, David Otunga, Dolph Ziggler, Drew McIntyre, Eve Torres, Jack Swagger, john cena, John Laurinaitis, Kane, Kelly Kelly, Kofi Kingston, Maria Menounos, Mark Henry, R-Truth, randy orton, Rey Mysterio, Santino Marella, Sheamus, Teddy Long, The Big Show, The Great Khali, The Miz, The Rock, WrestleMania 28, Zack Ryder
-For the remaining nine reviews, since they’re all 4 hours (and one is 5), I’ll be chopping out a little bit of quantity to make it my standard 4000+ word format. Which is a shame because for this show, I want to rant forever.
-Who was the April Fool on April 1, 2001 as we come to you from the Reliant Astrodome in Houston, TX for WWE WrestleMania X-Seven? Well, Vince had just bought WCW so they were finished, and ECW was days away from its bankruptcy hearing, so the biggest non-fool was Vince. Wait, why am I wasting time? I only have 4000 words to tell you that this is the greatest wrestling show in the history of time, so let’s just do it!
-Your hosts are Jim Ross and Paul Heyman, who had taken over for Jerry Lawler one month prior when Lawler quit the company. He quit ..click here to read more
Chris BenoitChyna, chris jericho, Christian, Eddie Guerrero, Edge, Iron Sheik, JBL, jeff hardy, Kamala, Kurt Angle, Matt Hardy, mick foley, Raven, Sgt. Slaughter, Shane McMahon, Steve Austin, Team 3D, The Big Show, The Rock, The Undertaker, triple h, vince mcmahon, WCW, wrestlemania, WrestleMania 17
From The Houston Astrodome in Houston, TX
April 1, 2001
After two straight WrestleManias in which the WWF held a sizeable lead over WCW in the Monday Night Wars, the Monday before WrestleMania X7 would see Vince McMahon pull the plug for good.
On Friday, March 23, 2001, McMahon purchased selected assets of World Championship Wrestling from parent company AOL-Time Warner, ending WCW’s 13 year existence. After gutting the corpse of talent contracts and the film library, McMahon left WCW for dead, effectively monopolizing the wrestling industry for himself.
On Monday, March 26, wrestling fans were treated to a surreality of Vince McMahon being the first face seen as Nitro hit the airwaves for the final time. Raw and Nitro would be simulcast , with the WWF overseeing both shows. As Nitro came to a close at the 10 o’clock hour, Shane McMahon revealed, in story terms, that ..click here to read more
Chris Benoit, chris jericho, Christian, Chyna, Dwayne Johnson, Eddie Guerrero, Edge, Iron Sheik, JBL, jeff hardy, Jim Ross, Kurt Angle, Matt Hardy, mick foley, Paul Heyman, Raven, Sgt. Slaughter, Shane McMahon, Steve Austin, Team 3D, The Big Show, The Rock, The Undertaker, triple h, vince mcmahon, wrestlemania, WrestleMania 17
-Given that Hulk Hogan, Ric Flair, Bret Hart, Vince McMahon, Shawn Michaels, Undertaker, Stone Cold Steve Austin, Sting, and Rob Van Dam are all big parts of wrestling right now, I just assumed that I was living in the year 2000, and that I was done with my review tour after WWE WrestleMania XV. So I was kicking back, drinking iced tea and mentally congratulating myself, when Eric informs me that I’m only 60% done. Apparently, there was another decade of these things that happened, and I’m obligated to finish them all. He didn’t buy my “card subject to change” excuse, and so I’m back to work.
-So journey with me back to April 2, 2000, as we return to the Arrowhead Pond in Anaheim. WWE was in high gear at this point, running an all-day WrestleMania commemorative PPV to precede the night’s big card. WCW was on the ..click here to read more
chris jericho, mick foley, The Big Show, The Rock, triple h, vince mcmahon, Vince Russo, wrestlemania, WrestleMania 2000
From The Arrowhead Pond in Anaheim, CA
April 2, 2000
If the WWF could be declared winners of the Monday Night Wars just one year prior to WrestleMania 2000, then the current time period would be akin to smashing WCW’s corpse into powder with a shovel. In August 1999, WCW let one of their best talents slip through the cracks, as Chris Jericho arrived in the World Wrestling Federation to much fanfare, almost immediately rising to a high profile level that he never got to sniff in Eric Bischoff’s dwindling circus.
Five months later, in January 2000, after a booking shake-up and a rash of upper card injuries, chaos reigned in WCW at one of the company’s weakest thresholds. In the turmoil, beleaguered man-in-charge Bill Busch granted releases to four men that helped salvage the horrible booking with their in-ring work: Chris Benoit, Dean Malenko, Perry Saturn, and ..click here to read more
Big Bossman, Chris Benoit, chris jericho, Christian, Chyna, Dean Malenko, Eddie Guerrero, Edge, jeff hardy, Kane, Kurt Angle, Linda McMahon, Matt Hardy, mick foley, Shane McMahon, Stephanie McMahon, Team 3D, The Big Show, The Rock, triple h, vince mcmahon, wrestlemania, WrestleMania 2000
-So it’s March 28, 1999, and we’re live from the First Union Center in Philadelphia, PA, where tonight…..you know….I can’t do this.
-I can’t sit here and write a positive rant about a show that I abhorred. It took place forty minutes from my house, though I didn’t attend, but I was still looking forward to the first Philly WWE WrestleMania. And it sucked. Bad. Vince Russo’s fingerprints were smeared all over this show and it reeked of overbooked crap. It festers even more so eleven years later, because the Attitude era is over, and most appeal that this show had is long gone.
-So I won’t be reviewing this crappy show.
-SWERVE! I’ll review it, I’m just pulling your chain. Russo executes his swerves about 35 seconds after the initial presentation, so I figured I’d do the same. Seemed appropriate.
-Your hosts are Michael Cole and Jerry Lawler. Jim Ross was afflicted with ..click here to read more
Chyna, Steve Austin, The Big Show, The Rock, triple h, vince mcmahon, Vince Russo, WrestleMania 15
From The First Union Center in Philadelphia, PA
March 28, 1999
On January 4, 1999, a taped Raw and a live Nitro squared off, each building a moment that would be unforgettable and, in a myriad of ways, history changing.
On Raw, filmed six nights prior in Worcester, MA, Mick Foley, as Mankind, realized his lifelong dream, climaxing his thirteen year wrestling career by winning the WWF Championship from The Rock. Foley’s victory lap around ringside, as well as his post-match celebration with his children, provided a feel good moment for a grind-stoning individual that had paid enough dues to purchase a continent.
Meanwhile, in Atlanta, Nitro had pulled a bait and switch with their World Title main event. Goldberg, the hometown hero, was nixed from the match due to a storyline “stalking charge”, and Hollywood Hogan returned to WCW to challenge champion Kevin Nash. ..click here to read more
Al Snow, Big Bossman, Chyna, Goldust, Jeff Jarrett, Kane, ken shamrock, mick foley, Owen Hart, Sable, Sean Waltman, Shane McMahon, Steve Austin, The Big Show, The Rock, The Undertaker, triple h, Val Venis, vince mcmahon, wrestlemania, WrestleMania 15
It’s War Games, Survivor Series, and Royal Rumble all in one – it’s the Elimination Chamber? Devised in kayfabe by Eric Bischoff over a decade ago, the Chamber has been used to decide both championships and championship opportunities. The oft-stated forboding nature of this domed structure is palpable enough to have spun off its own annual PPV each February.
There have been 16 such Elimination Chamber matches to date, and here they are, from worst to best.
The Godawfully Ghastly
16. ECW Championship: Big Show (c) vs. Rob Van Dam vs. CM Punk vs. Bobby Lashley vs. Test vs. Hardcore Holly (12/3/06, December to Dismember)
MOST ELIMINATIONS: Lashley, Test (2)
Any hopes that ECW diehards had of their resurrected brand fulfilling the lost appeal of the original, died in Augusta, GA on this night. Vince McMahon monkeyed with Paul Heyman’s creation one last time before dismissing Paul E one day later, and the result ..click here to read more
batista, Big Daddy V, Booker T, Chris Benoit, chris jericho, CM Punk, Dolph Ziggler, Drew McIntyre, ECW, Edge, Fit Finlay, Great Khali, JBL, jeff hardy, John Morrison, Kane, Kofi Kingston, MVP, R-Truth, randy orton, Rey Mysterio, Rob Van Dam, Santino Marella, shawn michaels, The Big Show, The Miz, The Undertaker, triple h, Umaga, Vladimir Kozlov, Wade Barrett, WWE Elimination Chamber
If there was ever any doubt that a Brock Lesnar vs. Big Show match would lead to an encounter like the one we saw on Sunday night at the Royal Rumble, maybe you should have guessed again. If anything, the beast that Lesnar is has been has further been exposed to be the baddest man on the wrestling planet.
And it will only get better for the WWE Universe and worse for opponents.
Two years ago, Lesnar proved he was as bad as he had ever been at Extreme Rules when he battled John Cena. Last year, he and Triple H put on one hell of a show. Now, Lesnar and Big show try to take it to another level.
There are only 70 days until WrestleMania XXX in New Orleans and I am wondering what role Lesnar will have in the biggest night of the wrestling world. The bar has been set ..click here to read more
Brock Lesnar, The Big Show
Brock Lesnar is headed for a showdown with The Big Show at WWE’s Royal Rumble pay-per-view on Sunday, January 26. The match is the result of heat between the two men that began on Monday Night Raw and from the moment it was booked, many of the WWE faithful have had a serious problem with it.
The biggest reason for this has to do with how incredibly weak Brock has looked from the beginning. Big Show looks like the true giant in this scenario while Brock just can’t seem to gain any ground. But while I understand why some fans are disappointed, the truth is they shouldn’t be. The fact is that this feud signals Brock’s transition back to being a WWE Superstar.
We knew this moment was coming. For those of us that spend so many countless hours absorbing and analyzing the WWE product, we had ..click here to read more
Brock Lesnar, The Big Show
Eliminations are the backbone of the Royal Rumble match. After all, they’re strung together to ultimately decide the winner of the match, right? Some of them, over the years, have been far more dramatic and bold than others. Here’s a list of 30 of them (an appropriate Rumble number) that stood out above the rest.
30. Carlito (2007)
Tossed by: The Great Khali
Rewind several years earlier to when the Great Khali was a ruthless killing machine, one that had beaten John Cena cleanly more than once. In 2007, Khali entered at #28, and tossed out 7 men in succession, including Carlito. But when the cool guy tried to springboard back in, Khali chopped his skull in mid air.
29. The World’s Greatest Tag Team/Matt Hardy (2003)
Tossed by: Brock Lesnar
There’s something about the monstrous hero running in and cleaning house to assert his dominance. Lesnar was a man on a mission, and a chance ..click here to read more
chris jericho, Dusty Rhodes, Edge, gene snitsky, hulk hogan, john cena, Kane, Kurt Angle, Paul London Hulk Hogan, randy savage, Sean Waltman, Sgt. Slaughter, shawn michaels, Steve Austin, The Big Show, The Rock, Vader, WWE Royal Rumble, Yokozuna
The 2013 year has come to a close in the WWE and it is time to look ahead. 2013 was one of the more unpredictable years in recent World Wrestling Entertainment memory. Let’s dust off the crystal ball and see if 2014 will be full of just as many surprises.
If you were to make predictions about 2013 a year ago you probably would have missed out on some of the bigger stories of the year. Would you have predicted that Daniel Bryan would ascend and beat John Cena? Would you have predicted that Randy Orton would reunite with Triple H? Would you have predicted that the titles would be unified? Maybe you would and maybe you wouldn’t but it is fair to say that most of the big stunners were missed.
Spoiler alert! I may wind up spoiling some big angles or stories with my predictions. They aren’t intentional and quite ..click here to read more
Bray Wyatt, Brock Lesnar, Daniel Bryan, Kane, Kurt Angle, The Big Show, triple h